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Beethoven: Late String Quartets


Release Date: 04/23/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464684   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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When the Quartetto Italiano recorded its Beethoven cycle nearly fifty years ago it received remarkable international acclaim and has remained a staple in Philips catalogue to date. Technical and stylistic brilliance are par for the course here but what truly distinguishes this effort is the ensembles uncanny ability to evoke both the duality of Beethoven as the last word on Classicism and first on Romanticism. Philips sound is excellent and in these new 96kHz 24-BIT transfers the group sounds better than ever (especially compared to the pair of botched Philips Duo incarnations still available domestically). When the Quartetto Italiano recorded its Beethoven cycle nearly fifty years ago it received remarkable international acclaim and has remained a staple in Philips catalogue to date. Technical and stylistic brilliance are par for the course here but what truly distinguishes this effort is the ensembles uncanny ability to evoke both the duality of Beethoven as the last word on Classicism and first on Romanticism. Philips sound is excellent and in these new 96kHz 24-BIT transfers the group sounds better than ever (especially compared to the pair of botched Philips Duo incarnations still available domestically). Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
2. Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1826 
3. Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
4. Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1826 
5. Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
6. Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 

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